Saturday, December 23rd at 1pm
Matinee Movie: It’s A Wonderful Life
George Bailey (James Stewart), beset with many personal problems, attempts a Christmas time suicide before an angel intercedes and shows him what his hometown would be like without him.
Saturday, December 23rd at 8:30pm
Saturday Blockbuster: Gladiator
Academy Award-winner Russell Crowe stars as the great Roman General Maximus who is reduced to the status of a slave by the evil emperor Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix). Maximus trains as a gladiator in the arena where his fame grows.
Now he has come to Rome, intent on avenging the murder of his wife and son by killing the new emperor. Maximus has learned that the one power stronger than that of the emperor is the will of the people, and he knows he can only attain his revenge by becoming the greatest hero in all the empire. Winner of five Academy Awards.
Saturday, December 23rd at 11:30pm
Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey), the horny, heavy metal-loving teenage heroes of the popular ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit, hit the big screen. They’re still doing their cable-access show out of the Wayne’s basement in Aurora, Illinois; only now a sleazy TV executive named Benjamin (Rob Lowe) wants a piece of the action.
As the babe ‘n’ band obsessed adolescents negotiate the shark-infested waters of network television, Wayne finds ‘amore’ in the form of a heavy metal femme fatale with a penchant for skin-tight costumes. But can Wayne keep his new lady love out of Benjamin’s unsavoury clutches?
Sunday, December 24th at 12:30pm
Once Upon A Time At Christmas
Disillusioned with all the selfishness and greed in the world, Santa is ready to throw in the towel, but his daughter Kristin (Kathy Ireland) persuades him to give the mortals one last chance. If she can prove that even one family can change and become giving again, Santa will put off his vacation and get back on the sleigh.
Sunday, December 24th at 2:15pm
Twice Upon A Time At Christmas
Santa’s daughter, Kristin Claus (Kathy Ireland) faces a difficult dilemma when Bill Morgan (John Dye) proposes marriage. Having given up her immortality, Kristen is conflicted about her true identity and now confused over her decision. When Kristin finally regains her memory, she must once again save Christmas from Rudolfa’s evil plan and be back in time for her wedding day.
Sunday, December 24th at 4:05pm
All I Want For Christmas
If teenaged Ethan (Ethan Randall) and his younger sister Hallie (Thora Birch) put every toy in Macy’s on their Christmas list, it still wouldn’t include what they want most. They want a miracle – their divorced parents back together! They come up with a hilarious plan to reunite their parents (Harley Jane Kozak and Jamey Sheridan). So what is the plan? Ho-ho-ho! Aren’t you in for a surprise!
Sunday, December 24th at 8:30pm
Da Kath And Kim Code
Australia’s top rating, award-winning duo Kath & Kim are back in a fabulous, movie-length special. Lovely ladies and great hunk o’ spunks, take your seats ploise, sit back and relax, crack open the cardonnay as Kath, Kim, Kel, Sharon and Brett return to 3 for this one-off special. Kath and Kel have just been on an overseas tour based on the international blockbuster, The Da Vinci Code.
They return to Fountain Lakes refreshed and ready to gear up for Christmas Day in just two weeks time. But it will be the most harrowing two weeks of their lives, and soon a shocking incident puts pressure on their almost perfect marriage. Meanwhile Brett and Kim have serious issues. Brett’s recent promotion at Computacity has gone to more than just his head. And who is the new man in Sharon’s life?
Sunday, December 24th at 10:20pm
Wayne’s World 2
Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey) return in this sequel to the 1992 pop-culture hit. The boys still have their Aurora, Illinois cable access show, Wayne is still dating Cassandra (Tia Carrere) and Garth has even found love in the form of Honee Hornee (Kim Basinger).
After sleazy record producer Bobby Cahn (Christopher Walken) attempts to lure the foxy Cassandra away from Wayne, a stress-induced dream transports Wayne to a meeting in the desert with late Doors vocalist Jim Morrison, where the deceased rock hero convinces Wayne to organise a huge outdoor rock festival in Aurora called ‘Waynestock’. Never one to ignore the commands of a dead rock god, Wayne enlists Garth’s to help him plan the concert.
Monday, December 25th at 3pm
A sequel to the successful Prancer feature, Prancer Returns is the heart-warming story of an eight-year old boy, Charlie Hooper, who comes upon a gangly baby reindeer in a clearing. Believing it must be Prancer, he e-mails the North Pole that he’ll keep the reindeer safe until Santa can pick it up on Christmas Eve. What happens next reunites a shattered family and makes Prancer Returns an irresistible celebration of holiday magic.
Monday, December 25th at 4:30pm
Jack (Tony Danza) and Harry (David Parker) are small time crooks who attempt to knock off a department store, only to get caught in a huge Christmas Eve sale. Jack ducks into a Photos-With-Santa display and, disguised as Santa, manages to escape.
But he then runs into Sarah Gibson (Lea Thompson) who mistakes him for the Santa she hired for her Christmas party. Jack decides to play along, but he gets caught up in the holiday spirit, and begins to have second thoughts about ‘Stealing Christmas’.
Monday, December 25th at 8:35pm
Christmas Movie: The Phantom Of The Opera
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s timeless musical comes to life with Gerard Butler as the deformed opera ghost who terrorises the cast and crew of the French Opera House as he falls in love with a young chorus girl, Christine (Emily Rosum). Using his terrifying reputation and influence, the Phantom propels Christine into starring roles, only to watch as she falls in love with the Vicomte de Chagny.
Monday, December 25th at 10:50pm
How To Marry A Billionaire: A Christmas Tale
John Stamos (Jake In Progress) stars in this hilarious Christmas comedy as Tom, an artist, who has been burned by love too many times – his girlfriends keep leaving him for rich guys. In frustration, he and his unemployed friends Jason (Shemar Moore) and Mark (Joshua Malina) hatch a hilarious scheme to meet and marry ultra-rich women by posing as movie producers.
Trouble is, they’re soon broke from keeping up appearances and resort to borrowing heavily from a ruthless loan shark who demands repayment within a month. Now they must go after any wealthy women they can find, and fast, while ignoring their real desires for true love. But their best laid plans cannot prepare them for the fact that sometimes love comes at the most unexpected times and places.
Tuesday, December 26th at 11:55am
The Academy Award-winning family film about a delightful pig named Babe, an orphan who defies destiny and dares to be different – by masquerading as a sheepdog – in order to find acceptance. A fanciful film that can be enjoyed by young and old alike.
Tuesday, December 26th at 3:45pm
Fly Away Home
New Zealander and Academy Award-winner Anna Paquin stars with Jeff Daniels in this family adventure film inspired by actual events. Fly Away Home tells the heart-warming story of a single father, Thomas Alden (Daniels), who is reunited with his daughter, Amy (Paquin), after a nine-year separation.
Grieving over the loss of her mother, 13-year-old Amy finds solace in a nest of abandoned goose eggs she discovers on her estranged father’s farm. When Amy nurtures the orphaned goslings to maturity, Thomas realises that he and his daughter must teach them how to fly, if the geese are to survive and migrate south for the winter.
Tuesday, December 26th at 8:30pm
Outrageous Fortune: The Movie
Winner of six Qantas Media Awards, 3′s hugely successful local drama Outrageous Fortune returns with a two-hour Christmas movie special! It’s the festive season once again in New Zealand and the West family is off to their favourite holiday spot, Tutaekuri Bay.
But Cheryl is a walking emotional disaster zone, there’s a turf-war with the neighbouring campers, romance in the air for some; sibling rivalry that spans generations; and plenty of Westie Christmas chaos. Starring Grant Bowler, Robyn Malcolm, Ant Starr, Siobhan Marshall, Antonia Prebble, and Frank Whitten.
Tuesday, December 26th at 10:30pm
Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson brings his amazing touch to this tale of psychic con artist Frank Bannister (Michael J. Fox) who teams with three friendly ghosts to stop the rampaging spirit of an executed killer.
Wednesday, December 27th at 12pm
The film adaptation of Ann Martin’s popular series of children’s books, Babysitter’s Club, is comprised of seven pre-teen girls who are the best of friends. Together, they start an enterprise: a club where parents could reach seven babysitters with just one call, and now they’re going to run a summer day-camp for their young wards.
Wednesday, December 27th at 10:30pm
Academy Award-nominee William H. Macy gives a heart-warming performance as a man so thoroughly unlucky that he is the cause of bad luck in others. Employed by an old Las Vegas casino as a Cooler – someone who foils the winning streaks of customers whose good fortune threatens the house’s take. But when he meets a caring waitress (Maria Bello) and falls in love, his luck begins to change.
Thursday, December 28th at
Max Keeble’s Big Move
After being harassed by the school bullies and the Principal, Max Keeble learns that his family is moving away, so he spends his last week at school getting his revenge on his tormenters only to learn that he’s not moving after all, and he is left at the mercy of his victims, or rather – their lack of it.
Thursday, December 28th at 7:30pm
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
George Lucas’ groundbreaking 1977 epic sci-fi film set in a galaxy far, far away comes to 3! A New Hope is the story about the life of a simple farm boy, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), as he and his newly met allies (Han Solo [Academy Award-nominee Harrison Ford], Chewbacca, Ben Kenobi, C-3PO, and R2-D2) attempt to rescue a rebel leader, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), from the clutches of the Dark Empire led by Darth Vadar.
Thursday, December 28th at 10:05pm
A sailor with an explosive attitude, Fisher (Derek Luke) is ordered to see a naval psychiatrist (Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington) about his volatile temper. Little did he know that his first step into the doctor’s office would lead him on a journey home.
With the support of the doctor, who becomes more like a father than anyone Fisher has ever known, and the woman (Joy Bryant) from whom he learns how to love, Fisher finds the courage to stop fighting and start healing. Only then can he call on the family he never knew and come to terms with the one he knew all too well.
Friday, December 29th at 12pm
Brady Bunch In The Whitehouse
Shelley Long and Gary Cole reprise their roles as Carol and Mike Brady in this third film adaptation of the campy 1970s television series The Brady Bunch. This time around, Mike finds himself sworn in as President of the United States after a good deed earns him public acclaim. With Carol appointed Vice-President, the entire Brady clan moves into the White House and embarks upon a series of trademark adventures and mishaps.
Friday, December 29th at 7:30pm
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
Fleeing the evil Galactic Empire, the rebels abandon their new base on Hoth in episode five of George Lucas’ Star Wars series. Princess Leia, Han Solo and the droids R2-D2 and C-3P0 escape in the damaged Millenium Falcon, but are later captured by Lord Darth Vader. Meanwhile Luke Skywalker follows Ben Kenobi’s posthumous command and receives Jedi training by Master Yoda. Will Skywalker manage to rescue his friends from the dark lord?
Friday, December 29th at 10:10pm
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this comedy about a young man who was born without an immune system and has lived his life within a plastic bubble in his bedroom. When he finds out that the woman he has loved since childhood is about to be married at Niagara Falls, he builds a portable bubble to venture into the outside world to win her affections.